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of the gridlock and dysfunction here in washington, d.c. they can see that our economy is slowly getting back on its feet, businesses are beginning to hire more workers, but my constituents and people across the country are very frustrated that the constant political crises are holding our recovery back right when we need to be doing everything possible to support it. after two years of debate about fiscal and economic policy and an election in which voters spoke loudly and clearly, the american people want their elected representatives to stop arguing and reach some solutions. mr. president, i come to the floor today to discuss a budget plan that meets this challenge. the senate budget that passed through the budget committee last week with the strong support of all ten democrats and two independents. it is a responsible and balanced plan that puts the economy first and tackles our deficit and debt responsibly and credibly, and i am hopeful that after it passes the senate, the house of representatives stands ready to compromise as well and we can come together around a balanced and bipartisa
of a balanced approach that protects the american economy, the ryan republican budget guts education, medical research, infrastructure and even public safety. the ryan republican budget would actually jeopardize the economic recovery. it wouldn't help it. and in case you're thinking it -- huge and painful cuts can buy an awful lot of deficit reduction, think again. instead congressman ryan's cuts will buy more tax breaks for the wealthiest among us. this budget isn't a serious attempt to reduce the deficit. meaningful deficit reduction will require shared sacrifice, including contributions from those who can best afford to contribute. today budget committee chairman patty murray will introduce a budget that reflects the principle of balance. senator murray's plan, the democratic plan, will cut wasteful spending, reduce the deficit and close tax loopholes that benefit the rich. and it will invest in the things that help our economy grow: education, preventive health care, worker training, roads and bridges. it will invest in a strong middle class. and unlike the ryan republican plan, it won't
a campaign on jobs and the economy, jobbing and the economy, jobs and the economy and beat that drum until i beat people into sleep. that's part of it, all right, but all of the rest of this has to be added together, or we can never reconstruct this country. we will not get the pillars of american exceptionalism back together. [applause] unless we have the full spectrum. if we can restore our families and strengthen our faith and protect innocent, unborn human life instead of assaulting it with a half a billion dollars appropriated to planned parenthood in a single year. that's gotta go. obamacare has got to go. [cheers and applause] we can't let up on obamacare and believe that somehow we're going to capitulate to that side because the roads are vitality, and it is an unconstitutional taking of god-given american liberty, and it's got to go. [cheers and applause] ronald reagan omelet me down a couple -- only let me down a couple of times in eight years. one of those was 1986, and i still had the dent after i heard on the news he had signed the amnesty act of 1986. but it was on the promise
to us that -- quote -- "the need to transform the world's energy economy while addressing global climate change is not only a religious and moral imperative, it is a strategy for security and survival. the united states conference of catholic bishops says that -- and i quote -- "at its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. it is about the future of god's creation and one human family." the bishops asked congress to consider seven principles in shaping responsible climate change policies. one, addressing global climate change means protecting the common good. two, climate change will hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. three, we must seek solutions that enhance rather than diminish the economic standing of the poor. four, new resources must be made available to poor communities to adapt to the effects of a changing climate. five, we must protect vulnerable people from the negative human health effects of climate change. six, local affected communities should have a voi
requirement to have a -- growth perspective of employers. mr. deputy speaker, a vital sector for our economy and the cost of doing business is energy. creating a low carbon economy is done by create jobs rather than -- was a major step forward for new nuclear. today with help of we are also announcing our intelligence to take two projects to the next stage of development will support the manufacture of mission vessels in britain with new takes incentive and the honorable members has urged do you passionately and in a nonpartisan way about the damage of doing the famous ceramic industry and persuaded me we will exempt from next year the industrial processes for the industry and others from the climate change. [cheering and applause] [laughter] >> for the we will this year sign contracts for the commissioning relief, the expectations of which is already increasing investment. i want britain to tap to new sources of local energy like shale gas. i'm introducing a tax -- including a shale gas field allowance to promote early investment. shale gas is part of the future and we'll make it happen. we
president obama entered office facing massive deficits and an economy that was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs per month. now we've made progress towards getting our debt and deficits under control, and we've added back jobs, but the recovery isn't as strong or as fast as it needs to be. millions of workers continue struggling to get back to work, and we still have some very serious challenges when it comes to our medium- and long-term deficit and debt challenges. in the coming weeks and months, we will be asked to make tough choices as we work to tackle these challenges responsibly. this process is not going to be easy. there's a serious difference of opinion about what our government should be doing to keep our economy and our national finances moving in the right direction. one approach is to follow a path back to the economic policies of the last administration. this is the path to more tax cuts for the rich but less opportunity for the middle class to get ahead. it is a path not to prosperity, which can only truly be built from the middle out, but to the deterioration
of law. they have tremendous workloads, but they keep this economy going. and if you slow that down, if you slow down civil dispositions where contracts are waiting to be enforced with the plant is quick to be built or so forth, whether the damages are going to be paid through someone who was the victim of the breach of conduct. if you're going to cause dismissal of the suits because of criminal suits, criminal prosecutions because of the light, then you're threatening the efficiency of the legal structure. thank you very much. to have one of the comments i want to share with you, this month you will hear cases that are of the utmost importance to many american families. that is with the gay americans have the right to marry straight couples and whether the congress can deprive legally married gay couples of the federal recognition and benefits. i mention this not because i expect either of you to speak on this issue. in fact i know you will not. president bill clinton who resigned doma enchilada and now requests its demise recently wrote the question of the cases rests on, quote, w
country, our economy, our constituents, our friends and our neighbors. it is the single greatest threat to our economy and to our health care system. eventually, madam president, obamacare will be repealed. the american people will see the damage it does and demand that we scrap it and start over, but for now, we must at least defund it, at least for the life of this continuing resolution for the remainder of this fiscal year. senator cruz and i have been assured this amendment will fail and that obamacare will move ahead as planned. if that is the will of the senate, then so be it, but what obamacare does start to break down, when waiting times start to grow, when costs start to explode, when taxes start to rise, when doctors and nurses start to quit, when hospitals start to close, when businesses start to shutter, when patients and families truly find out what's in this bill, then the american people will know who is responsible for the catastrophe of obamacare and who, like the gentleman from texas, tried to help. madam president, a few years ago when then-speaker of the house nancy
economy and i suggest even our very way of life. we need a whole of america solution to this national problem, and the department of defense absolutely has a critical role to play in that effort. if you believe that the d.o.d. has a vested interest in having reliable sources of energy, you should agree that new fuels meet their needs. as i mentioned, we're all concerned about the effect of sequestration on our troops, but we can't solve our problems with the same kind of shortsighted thinking that got us here in the first place. killing the navy's boistles program -- biofuels program, make no mistake, that's what this this amendment would do, will cost more money than it saves. it will set back an destroy poised to provide our country with enormous and important benefits. and it will make sure, it will ensure we keep pouring money into foreign coffers. i want to urge my colleagues to continue to support smart investments in our future like the navy's biofuels initiative. therefore i urge my colleagues to oppose the toomey amendment. mr. president, thank you for your attention. i yield
in jobs in the economy, and closes loopholes and preserves the middle class' ability to grow and proceed. so, we now are, you know, in this 30-hour thing. we could actually be debating the budget while those 30 hours tick. we don't have to be sitting here doing nothing. and one of our colleagues said, he'd like to debate the budget two weeks from now. why is he putting things off? well, i guess if i had their budget and looked at it compared to our budget, that's what i'd want to do. but that's not fair and that's not right. so i just came to the floor to join my colleague from washington in pleading with our colleagues, let's have a real debate on the budget. the lines are squarely -- are sharply drawn. our budget and your budget contrast. let the american people hear the debate and decide who they like. we're pretty confident they'd like ours better. you no longer have the talking point, we don't have a budget. so instead you're preventing us from talking about our budget. it is not fair, not right, and doesn't really help the process. so i would hope that i know there are some members
will we see the economy take off, mr. norquist? >> guest: okay. we haven't had a trillion dollar in spending cuts what we had was an agreement by the president of the united states forced on him by the republicans to reduce spending over the next decade by a trillion dollars. so that's $100 billion a year. and those cuts haven't started happening yet. they're just beginning to kick in. the sequester is an additional $1.2 trillion over the decade. so what the republicans won in that big battle we had in 2011, the budget control act, was that obama wanted to keep spending, and he needed the debt ceiling to be increased because he'd spent so much money. and the republicans said, okay, we'll raise the debt ceiling is so the country doesn't default, but only if you agree to a dollar-for-dollar reduction in spending over the next decade. and so we got $2.5 trillion in spending restraint. not real cuts, spending less than obama had hoped in. in washington that's called a cut. if you wanted ten of something and you only got eight of something, you go i got cut too. actually, you walked a
rally around, one that controls spending, gets our economy healthy again and advances the serious reforms necessary to make government programs more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of the americans. i asked them to please shelf the tax hikes. that's because we understand the negative effect more taxes would have on our fragile economy and the millions of americans still looking for work. it's also because we know washington democrats already got $600 million in taxes they demanded earlier this year. and remember, that's in addition to the more than $1 trillion they got in taxes from obamacare as well. so now it's time for the balance they promised. washington doesn't need to tax more. it needs to finally figure out how to spend less. i said these things were the least senate democrats owed the american people, given their lack of responsibility in not producing a budget for the last four years. i'm sorry to report that the plan they put forward yesterday will do none of these things. none of them. instead of getting washington spending under control, their propose
, our economy and our way of life. but of course, the climate deaners and the polluters don't want that. the deaners want to prevent discussion -- the deniers want to prevent discussion of climate change altogether. in the past few years in this body, climate science has become a taboo topic. i watched when my back was out in the last few days one of the harry potter movies on the television, and lord valdemort was called he who shall not be named in those harry potter stories. well, carbon pollution is the pollution which shall not be named. climate change, the harm that is caused by that pollution is the harm that shall not be named. the obstructionists want to squelch any discussion of the pollution which shall not be named. so as to let big polluters continue dumping carbon and other greenhouse gas into our oceans and atmosphere. take, for instance, the house select committee on energy independence and global warming created in 2007 as a forum for confronting the economic and security challenges of our dependence on foreign fuels. when republicans took controlf the house of reprenta
the economy. additionally, cbo estimates that obamacare delivery changes would yield a minuscule $417 billion in savings. that barely registers. but regardless of how we feel about health care law, going back, medicare's hospital ensures trust fund will go bankrupt in 10 use. we have to act now. the clock is ticking in today's hearing to help us address this challenge. medpac's analysis is valuable in helping us better understand when growth in medicare spending is appropriate and when medicare payments need to be adjusted. we also look forward to receiving medpac's next report to congress in june which will highlight additional opportunities for reform beyond the changes in the payments. we rely on medpac's recommendations. that's a key element in designing policies to improve the medicare program and say that over the longer. so i welcome are invited witness, medpac chairman glenn hackbarth. thank you for joining us today, and i look forward to hearing your testimony. before recognize ranking member mcdermott for the purposes of an opening statement, i ask unanimous consent that all members
-start our economy in a way that will create an uplifting of our hopes and dreams but also directly impact immediately impact of economic growth senior pentagon officials have reduced the review of military rules allow senior commanders to overturn sexual assault convictions by court-martial. they testified this week before the senate armed services subcommittee on personnel. the secretary if chuck hael ordn authority after the conviction. panelists were asked about the decision during this hearing. this is about two hours. >> or hearing subcommittee will resume. thank you each of you for your service and dedication and sacrifice that you have made for the country. i am so grateful that you are here today for this important hearing. i'm also incredibly grateful that many of you came this morning and participated and listened to the first to panels that means a great deal not just the witnesses but to their families and to all of our military families we appreciate it for a much. i know that this has become a very debated issue both within the military and everyday conversations. i also kno
to make sure that we're growing our economy and that we're strengthening our middle class. and as i said at my state of the unigallon address last month, every day we should be asking ourselves three questions. one, how do we make sure america's a magnet for good jobs. number two, how do we quip people with the skills they need to get those jobs and, number three, how do we make sure that hard work actually pays off in a decent living. these are the challenges that i've instructed my team here at the white house and in my entire cabinet to focus on. and a position that's instrumental to tackling these challenges is having an outstanding secretary of labor. so i want to begin by thanking hilda solis and her entire team. [applause] including acting secretary harris. [applause] for the outstanding work that they've been doing over the past four years. their efforts at the department of labor have given more young people a chance to we were new skills, more returning vets the chance to find a job, they've looked out for worker safety from construction sites to coal mines, they've stood up fo
are as montanans. 50% of montana's economy is tied to ranching and farming, supporting one in five jobs in montana. i had the privilege to grow up on a ranch outside helena, montana. it taught me firsthand the values of hard work, faith, family and doing what's right. those are the values i take to me with work every day. paul harvey, who got his start in broadcasting in montana, said it best in this poem, "so god made a farmer." "god looked down on the earth he created and said i need a caretaker for this world i made. and so god made a farmer. so as part of trying to bridge that divide between washington, d.c. and montana, i honor the strong legacy of farming and ranching montanans in montana by celebrating national ag day. those montana families involved in agriculture is so much more than a livelihood. it is a way of life. i'm honored to represent so many ranchers, so many farmers from montana who have dedicated their life to the land, providing the service that everyone in the world benefits from. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from kansas. mr.
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